Lagos Assembly to sue Nollywood actress, Ufoma Ejenabor over allegations of assault
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday said it will take a legal action against claims made by a Nollywood actress, Ufoma Ejenabor. Addressing a media briefing on the issue, Segun Olusesi, the Chief of Staff of the Assembly, said the House will make the issue a deterrent case.
The incident,which happened on October 29 on Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, had two different accounts from the two parties. While Ufoma claimed one of the vehicles (the Pilot) in the lawmakers’ convoy hit her Nissan Xterra car, Mr. Olusesi, who claimed to be driving directly behind the Pilot vehicle said Miss Ufoma drove into the convoy, hitting the left rear of ‘the pilot ‘ vehicle’s bumper with her right front bumper.
“Even if it is true that we hit her car, which cannot be proven from the video recording, when there is an accident on the road, the first thing you do is not to call a lawyer.
So, it was obvious she was onto something right from the beginning and that was why the Speaker directed that everything be recorded,” he said. A rowdy scene ensued and rather than continue on their journey to Lagos University Teaching Hospital to visit an ailing lawmaker, who died three days later, the lawmakers decided to drive to Zone 2 Police headquarters at Onikan. As seen from the footage provided, the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lateef Junaid could not resolve the impasse as Mrs. Ejenabor refused all entreaties.
Claims and counter claims
Though, Mrs. Ejenabor did not make any statement to the police, she claimed, in a letter dated November 2 and written to the Speaker by her lawyer, Obinna Ukawoko, that she was beaten and that her vehicle was damaged.
She also alleged that the following items stolen: white gold necklace (N850,000), Silver Gucci wristwatch (N475,000), Pink Ipod (N55,000), Blackberry Bold (N150,000) and Channel Sunglasses ($1,215). She also claimed that her wedding band, worth £3,000 was broken and her damaged vehicle will be repaired for N595,000.
“We have our client’s firm directive to demand N35million as compensation,” said the letter, advising the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, to quickly pay in order to avert imminent bad publicity and legal action. Mr. Olusesi rebuffed all the claims, saying that the video showed Mrs.
Ejenabor as she drove her car away from the police station without any visible damage and she still had her wedding band and bag while she was at the station. “The photograph of her damaged car, as she claimed in the media, can be best described as insurance fraud and an attempt to extort and blackmail this Honourable House and the Right Honourable Speaker in particular,” he said.
“Nobody touched her. At a time when the security officers were not sure what to do with her, one of them wanted to deflate her tyres, but the Speaker kept shouting from inside his vehicle that nobody should touch her vehicle.”
“If she was beaten by policemen as she claimed, she won’t be the one to drive her vehicle to Zone 2 headquarters. Her dress was intact throughout and she claimed she was stripped. She alleged that her fingernails were broken but she refused to show the police. And if she was truly in pains as a result of the beating, she will not be able to put up such display at the police station.”
“She provoked everybody present, including the members of the public. She wanted to be beaten by the way she behaved but we were lucky and matured enough, especially because we were in a state of mourning and that is why we didn’t give it to her.
LAGOS LAWMAKER KAZEEM ALIMI, DIES FOUR DAY TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION
The late Hon. Kazeem Alimi
Lagos House of Assembly Member, Kazeem Alimi, representing Eti-Osa 1 Constituency is dead.
Alimi died on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, two weeks after his 50th birthday after brief illness.
He clocked 50 July 3,2017.
The lawmaker died barely four days to the highly anticipated Lagos State local government elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Before his death, Alimi had worked at Lagos House of Assembly between 1992 and 2001, and later worked as head CPO at the Lagos
Internal Revenue Service as Head CPO between 2001 and 2010.
He returned to the Lagos Assembly in 2011 and worked for four years before he left 2015.
Thereafter, Alimi was elected into the Lagos House of Assembly as a member on August 8, 2015.
A statement by Musbau Razak, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, confirmed that the late lawmaker died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he had been on life support for about four days.
A two time lawmaker, Hon Alimi until his death, was the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
He is survived by his wife and children.
Lagos lawmakers call for removal of council boss Lagos Assembly
The Lagos State House of Assembly has called for the removal of the local government council boss.The Assembly took the decision on Monday following a motion moved by Bisi Yusuf, chairman, committee on Public Accounts (Local Government), on the “gross mismanagement of the council”.
sole administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Habeeb Aileru, over alleged misappropriation of funds and disregard of the law.
The Assembly took the decision on Monday following a motion moved by Bisi Yusuf, chairman, committee on Public Accounts (Local Government), on the “gross mismanagement of the council”.
Yusuf told the House that the committee during its mid-year budget review found out abnormalities in the council’s administration allegedly perpetrated by Aileru. The committee chairman accused Aileru amongst other things, of disregarding Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s directive that no sole administrator should incur debts or award contracts.
According to Yusuf, the Oriade council boss, who met a debt of N285 million when he assumed office, incurred N408 million as at the last quarter of 2016.In her contribution, Olufunmilayo Tejusho, a member of the committee, said Aileru threw all caution to the winds and acted like “a demi-god” in the local council. She said the council boss had failed in his duties and should be made to face the law.
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said the House would stand behind the committee’s decision, noting that Aileru had been indicted by the Office of the Auditor General for Local Government in the state for misappropriation of funds.
Obasa further noted that both the council manager and the treasurer had also written a letter to the council boss to stop the illegalities within the council, adding that the House was left with no option but to remove Aileru. The motion for his removal was subsequently moved by Yusuf, while Mr. Adedamola Kasumu seconded it.
By OGUNBIYI JOYCE SEYI
——————————————————————-LAWMAKER MOURN YABA LAGOS LCDA CDC CHAIRMAN, APOSTLE JOHN OJO
A member of House of Representatives representing Lagos Mainland Constituency, Hon. AbdulRaheem Olajide Jimoh has commiserated with the entire Yaba community on the death of Apostle General John Ojo.
In a statement released by his media office in Lagos described his death as shocked to the entire Lagos Mainland Constituency.
Apostle General John Ojo who died yesterday after a brief illness was an immediate CDC chairman and APC chairman Ward D, Abule-Ijesha.
According to the lawmaker Apostle General J.O Ojo was an intelligent and courageous man who served his community diligently.
“He was a progressive community development leader in Yaba LCDA. He demonstrated great love for the people he represented through frank presentation of issues affecting the communities.
“He showed credible community leadership style through commitment, faithfulness and transparency. The good footprints he left will never be forgotten. Though death is an inevitable end for all mortals but its very hard to bear the loss, he said
Jimoh eulogised him of his immense contributions to economic and socio-political advancement of the entire Yaba LCDA
He also decribed him as a good christian, man with strength of character who never shied away from speaking his mind
“During my time as Yaba LCDA chairman, We used to consult him over community development and political issues which his summit was of great advantage. It is very painful to lose him,’ Even now that I am federal lawmaker, he said.
“He was like a father to me from the time I have known him till date. Honestly his death has left a gap in Abule-Ijesha and Yaba community politics that will be hard to fill. Not even now that we are warming up for Local Council elections, he said
The lawmaker prayed that God Almighty granted the family, Abule-Ijesha, and the entire Lagos Mainland Constituency the fortitude to bear the lost.
“Apostle General Ojo was undoubtedly set the bar for community leaders and in political circles not only in Yaba LCDA but also in the whole Lagos State. May his soul rest in perfect peace, he said